Secret Santa Swap

SSSwap Gift

I just wrapped up my first gift swap and I can now say, it wasn’t nearly as scary or stressful as I thought it would be. I’ve always been pretty intimidated by all the online swaps, scared that my partner wouldn’t like what I sent. But Amy talked me into her Twitter Secret Santa Swap, basically because it was a $15 limit and everyone wasn’t required to include a handmade item.

SSSwap Sneak Peek

I received Cajame Creations for my partner. It was fun because we don’t have the exact same style, so I was pushed to do a bit of research (ahem – blog stalking) to see what she would like.

SSSwap Fabric

Since our price limit was low and I wanted to get a lot of bang for my buck, I headed to Etsy to find a fabric scrap pack. I knew she liked shabby chic and bright colors, and I found a great set of Jennifer Paganelli and Paula Prass fabric. I also included a few colors of baker’s twine, because, well come on, you can’t have enough baker’s twine!

SSSwap Sneak Peek 1

She also had recently posted about her “bucket list” and one of the items was buying a camper and traveling across Europe. So, I decided to make her a little mini quilt to (one day) decorate the dream camper.

SSSwap Mini Quilt

This embroidery pattern is from Sublime Stitching. I used some of the fabric scraps I bought her for the mini as well.

My SSSwap package from Amber!

The secret partner who had me was Amber! You can probably imagine my joy at seeing a package at my door from Hawaii and knowing it must be from Amber.

My SSSwap package from Amber!

She really did a perfect job on my gift. She sent me fabric and the new Doll Quilts book – both of which I didn’t have! She sent a Hawaiian Christmas book for my kids (they LOVE it), a calendar so I don’t forget the million things I have planned, some Hawaiian themed mints…but most beautifully she made me a wonderful necklace which my daughter promptly stole from me! I love it all Amber, thank you so much. 🙂

I really enjoyed the swap, I definitely think I will be doing one again. I think the best part was knowing that the recipient would be someone who would appreciate a handmade gift.



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    December 20, 2011

    I love your little camper quilt!

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    Elena @ Breakfast for Dinner

    December 20, 2011

    Faith! Your stitching is absolutely impeccable! We’ll have to have a stitch date when I’m up next year for the Ryder Cup 🙂

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    December 20, 2011

    Love the wee embroidered caravan, and the Hawaiian Christmas stuff is fab!

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    December 20, 2011

    What lovely swap gifts you both gave! Sublime Stitching have such fun patterns and I love your little quilt 🙂

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    December 20, 2011

    What fun! Wonderful gifts both going and coming!

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    December 21, 2011

    Sounds like fun. I just joined a block swap this year and I love it.

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    December 21, 2011

    I’ve done some really fun swaps too ~ you scored!

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    December 21, 2011

    This sounds like so much fun! How does one get involved?

    Merry Christmas!

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    December 28, 2011

    I keep coming back to this! I love the camper piece so much. Definitely going to order it and make something for my parents out of it.

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    December 29, 2011

    Would you be willing to let me know which Greys you used in the Prism quilt? I assume that they are all Free Spirit colors? It’s hard to tell which ones are which from the sampler on-line.

    Otherwise, has anyone thought of making a kit for that one?


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